Laila Diallo

“This project is a wonderful invitation to look into what I do, how I do it and why. It is a very welcomed invitation to discuss, question, and shed light maybe on things to do with the creative process that I might, at other times, take for granted. The prospect of connecting with another artist’s practice in the way this project proposes to do is really thrilling. I am very excited to learn more about Helen’s work and process. I am curious to see if and where meeting points and/or collision points might be between her practice and mine. I wonder what elements of this dialogue might permeate into my practice, what effect they might have on it. And on me.” June 2012

Laïla Diallo

Dance Artist

Born in Canada, Laïla currently lives in Bristol. She first came to prominence as a performer with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance where she danced from 1998 to 2005. Since then she has focused on developing and presenting her own choreographic work, also frequently being called to work as movement director for theatre and opera productions. She was awarded a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006 and was an Associate Artist at ROH2 at the Royal Opera House between 2009 and 2012.

Creations include the solos Imprint, The Wayside and At-any-moment-something-else for Theo Clinkard; Between the Shingle the Dune, Sense of Self – a piece co-authored with Montreal-based choreographer and performer Mélanie Demers, on the feeling of being together for map dance, and Come rain or come shine for Verve, the postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Laïla’s latest work, Hold Everything Dear, draws inspiration from themes of migration and displacement. For this creation she is joined by composer Jules Maxwell, with a specially commissioned live score, and another seven performers complete the cast.

For opera, theatre, and television, movement direction and choreography credits include The Story of Music (BBC2), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Aïda (Canadian Opera Company), The Prince of Homburg (Donmar), The Road to Mecca (Arcola), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre), War and Peace (Canadian Opera Company), Thérese Raquin (National Theatre), Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Vortex (Theatre Royal Windsor), A Doll’s House (Theatre Royal Bath), Macbeth and Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Opera on Tour).

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